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JJ

Fat balding hippy.

HOUSTON, TX, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Occult America: The Secret History of How Mysticism Shaped Our Nation

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Mitch Horowitz
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (41)

    Mitch Horowitz presents a meticulously researched, compulsively readable history of the mystical and spiritual experience in our country. Focusing on the impact that the 19-century movements of Freemasonry, Spiritualism, and transcendentalism have had on America, Horowitz portrays a colorful cast of characters as he explains the origins of the Ouija board, the political influence of Spiritualism on the Senate, and the source of the mysterious slogan on the back of the dollar bill.

    Ray says: "Exploring America's spiritualist roots"
    "Loved It."
    Overall

    So far, the best esoteric book I've found here yet.

    Just wish it was longer and went into even greater depth. Some times it seems like it is giving a Cliff Notes overview, other times it goes into exhaustive depth.

    Will buy the book when it comes out in paperback this October.

    Wish someone would make 'Secret Teaching Of All Ages' an audio book.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Foundation Trilogy (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Isaac Asimov, Maurice Denham, Prunella Scales
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Beevers, Lee Montague, Julian Glover, and others
    Overall
    (265)
    Performance
    (211)
    Story
    (210)

    The opening episode begins on Trantor, capital of the Galactic Empire, with the meeting of Seldon and Dornick, their trial, and their exile to Terminus. The action then jumps forward 50 years, to the first Seldon Crisis, where the repercussions of the recent independence of the Four Kingdoms of the Periphery are being felt on Terminus, and are handled by the first Mayor, Salvor Hardin....

    James says: "How can you go wrong with a must read book for $2"
    "Minority Opinion"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    While I can't deny the other reviews comments on the production elements of this book, they didn't detract from my enjoying the story. I can overlook the silly introduction and ending of each segment without a problem. While obviously streamlined, the meat of the story is still there. A great value at the current price. Not recommended for those who haven't already read the trilogy.

    Yes, the sound is bad at times.
    Yes, the BBC has this strange thing about using British actors.
    Yes, you should keep the volume control close by.

    It's still a fun listen and a great story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Pictorial Key to The Tarot

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Arthur Edward Waite
    • Narrated By Alec Sand
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (26)

    Arthur Edward Waite was a profound student of the occult. He was a member of the Order of The Golden Dawn, and made the Tarot accessible to the modern day reader. This classic text for the Rider- Waite deck discusses:-The major and minor arcana.-What each card means.-Reversed card meanings.-How to do a basic reading. The Pictorial Key to The Tarot is ideal for use with the Rider- Waite Deck and the Universal Waite Tarot Deck.

    JJ says: "Not for everyone."
    "Not for everyone."
    Overall

    I'm very glad this was recorded. But I can only recommend it to those who are already familiar with the print version and the author. It's hard to express just how pompous and bombastic Waite is, but the reader does a fantastic job of bringing this incredibly tedious text to life.

    If you are looking for a introductory text on the Tarot, it's best to skip this one. If you are familiar with the author and others of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, then this can be an amusing listen.

    If you find the author self-important and annoying, you are in good company: people have felt that way about Waite for more a century.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • 9 Life Lessons: Secrets of the Mystery Schools Unveiled

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Kala Ambrose
    • Narrated By Kala Ambrose
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (8)

    In this audiobook, Kala discusses many of the ancient mystery school topics, which are designed to stir the soul, awaken the mind, and reveal long-forgotten memories of past lives, as well as inspire you to explore the magnificence of who you really are.

    Johnta says: "THIS BOOK IS SUPERB!!!"
    "Some good stuff, but lots of fluff."
    Overall

    I wanted to like it and tried hard to give it a fair chance...

    But still ended up losing interest after a few chapters. Esoteric wisdom is pretty hard to find in audio books and this book isn't terrible, it simply not out-standing either. It's by no means as annoying as Sylvia Browne, but possesses many of the same qualities of smugness and an over reliance on un-named authorities.

    The abundance of White Light Fluff becomes tedious very quickly. Example: the Tarot is covered breifly and the names of the trumps are listed, except for one: The Devil.

    Great tips on how to repaint a room, though.

    If you have a surplus of credits and are curious about this book go ahead and get it. But I doubt you'll regret skipping this one, either.

    For listeners who are looking for some genuinely solid material: I cant recommend Mitch Horowitz's Occult America strongly enough.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Silence of the Lambs

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Thomas Harris
    • Narrated By Kathy Bates
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (39)

    The Silence of the Lambs is an instant classic of chilling psychological suspense. From the tormenting words of homicidal maniac Hannibal Lecter and the flesh-rending depravity of an elusive killer to the sheer courage of a young FBI novice who risks her life to track him down and stop the bloodshed, this critically acclaimed audio production, narrated by Kathy Bates, has an unforgettable intensity.

    Phebe says: "The famous "Silence" reading by Kathy Bates"
    "Lots of fun."
    Overall

    I wish this was the complete book, not an abridgement that attempts to mirror the movie (which is why I only gave it four stars). That being said, Kathy Bates is FANTASTIC. This was a very enjoyable listen that was over far too soon.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Tarot and You

    • ORIGINAL (56 mins)
    • By Angeles Arrien
    • Narrated By Michael Toms
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (10)

    One of the oldest tools for revealing the territory of the unconscious, the Tarot has been used for centuries to tap deep levels of self-knowledge. Here, Arrien, a native Basque and anthropologist, speaks of universal archetypes in the Tarot, and how these archetypes can be used for self-understanding. The power of symbols and how they impact our life so much of the time is also covered by Arrien in this expressive dialogue.

    Laura says: "disapointing so far"
    "Esoteric Junk Food - 100 percent mindless fluff."
    Overall

    I realize that occult wisdom isn't going to be found in a 99 cent download. I also realize that with many New Age publications one has to have pretty low expectations.

    Even then, this recording misses the mark. The interviewer and 'authority' spend so much time agreeing with each other I thought I was eavesdropping in on their first date together (Oh yes... So true, so true... uh-huh, uh-huh).

    Add to this some genuine drivel like the Tarot is Chinese in origin.

    If you are looking for food for the soul, keep looking. This is a Twinkie.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Stephen R. Covey
    • Narrated By Stephen R. Covey
    Overall
    (5399)
    Performance
    (2427)
    Story
    (2425)

    Stephen R. Covey's book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, has been a top seller for the simple reason that it ignores trends and pop psychology for proven principles of fairness, integrity, honesty, and human dignity. Celebrating its 15th year of helping people solve personal and professional problems, this special anniversary edition includes a new forward and afterword written by Covey that explore whether the 7 Habits are still relevant.

    Scott says: "A true guide for life"
    "Tedious and pompus..."
    Overall

    There may be a few usable tid-bits of information, but Covey spends far too much time in praise of himself and how he is the true possessor of the Higher Moral Ground. He also cant stop hinting that he is a Mormon, influential, a Mormon, successful, a Mormon, conservative, a Mormon, well connected and a Mormon.

    Even a Cliff Notes version would have been too long, his major points could be printed on the back of a box of corn flakes.

    26 of 57 people found this review helpful

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